how to use pellon ultra weft interfacing
I recently purchased Pellon Ultra Weft interfacing. I have never used it before. The bolt says it does not require preshrinking which always makes me apprehensive. I want to use it on Vogue V2915 a Koos Van Den Aken jacket which calls for 60′ wide fusible knit interfacing. This only comes in 20″ wide and I don’t see a problem there but am concerned about the ‘no preshrinking necessary’ part and how to properly fuse as it came with no instructions.
You can call Pellon's 800 number and get more info. My info shows that the Ultra Weft is 85% Rayon, 15 poly, "for tailoring medium weight jackets and coats. Creates a soft handle. For fabrics such as crepe, wool and wool blends. Dry clean only." Consider the weight of your fabric--if it's too thin you'll get "hairs" on the fabric face from the glue, I guess. Cut a 6" sqaure of fabric, same of the weft and fuse using the "wool" setting, steam or a lightly misted press cloth, and downward pressure for 10-12 seconds. "The effects of heat and pressure melts the glue resins. Do not glide the iron back and forth, but use a lift-and-press motion. Turn the piece over and using a press cloth, repeat on the right side of the fabric." I'd add to use a clock to measure your time!
FYI, French Fuse is a brand of fusible knit tricot that is 60 inches wide--a very good product. Our local fabric stores have greatly decreased the variety of interfacings they carry. I have found that Wal-Mart and Hobbly Lobby both carry the HTC brands (my favorite) and I've found some ebay stores carry interfacings.
Thank you so much. What a beautifully informative reply! I have heard from others that HTC was the best but never woulda thunk to find them at Hobby Lobby or Walmart. Very much appreciate your advice. j
I read somewhere in a sewing/pressing book, or article that before the press and lift phase that fusible interfacings should have steady steam applied from a position of at least 3" - 4" above it. I don't like fusible interfacings, but I tried this technique, including what is written in this particular post and it worked just fine. As far as the no pre-shrinking necessary, I think I would pre-shrink anyway.
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